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Are Open water class. We're introduced to basic underwater navigation on those last two dives. We were required to use a compass both on the surface and underwater. Pretty simple navigation just an out and back reciprocal bearing now using a compass. Underwater and being able to navigate effectively is important skill and you can mash straight over time. I know it took me a little bit of time to trust the compass and and to keep things simple most people are probably familiar with classic analog compass they know that the needle always points to to the north and they understand the components like the rotating Basil And the Lubber line while not going to try to teach underwater underwater navigation in this podcast or how to use a compass. But rather I wanted to talk a little bit about my Go-to Compass and why my my compass of choice is the Sinto S. K.. Eight in the Susanto S. K.. Eight is a liquid filled compass and it's billed as the world's most popular dive dive compass. Now they claim that both the northern and southern hemisphere models can be used over a wider area of the globe and that's primarily because of the upgraded magnets in the compass now from a measurement standpoint if you think about The compass the euro as its round. But if you look at it in a square pattern it's probably two and a half inches by two and a half inches on square square in about one point seven two inches high. So it's pretty low profile. It's not very big You can get it in a wrist. I strap version or a bungee mount and some people do put them in their consoles. Now I prefer the Bungee Mount now. I know that some of our divers like strap they just feel. It's a little more secure and it goes on a little bit easier than the Bungee gene now. One of the biggest benefits of this compass is its ability to function with a high degree of till now you can tilt this compass compass plus or minus thirty degrees and that they claimed that that's about two to three times larger till than most compasses. This is out there now. The Basil Ratchets every fifth degree. So what that means is it's very smooth turning on the Basil and also so it it doesn't it's not susceptible to dirt debris really clogging it up so it smooth turning in in all conditions. Now there are also digital. Compasses and I've had a number of them. But I've never really taken the time to practice navigating and had a digital compass on a soon to- d-6 computer my Souto Viper and also on my perfect say I in one of the reasons I never really took. The time was because I found that they they were very sensitive to movement so I started focusing in on the computer and trying to stabilize the compass to the point where it was very distracting. And I wasn't really paying attention to what was going on around me so I decided to use my computer for dive related Information Asian and use my analog compass for navigating now that doesn't mean that that's the only way to do it. Some people are very good with the digital compasses and use them quite. Yeah well I just haven't taken the time to practice but my go-to compass and if you're looking for a really reliable a highly effective analog all compass. You can't go wrong with the Sutanto S. K.. Eight.